Newly-released video shows the exact instance when members of the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6 sprayed Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick with an unknown substance. Sicknick was part of the police force that was overrun by the crowd that broke into the Capitol building. He died the next day, from what a medical examiner’s report deemed natural causes.
The never-before seen videos — there are several different clips showing various angles — capture the moment when Sicknick was sprayed by some sort of chemical substance as he and other officers unsuccessfully tried to hold the line and keep the rioters behind the barricades on the west side of the Capitol, around 2:30pm that day. The video shows Sicknick being sprayed, and then being forced to step away to wash his eyes out.
MORE: Police body cam from Jan 6 released tonight by US Dept of Justice. Feds have argued this shows the two men accused of attacking Capitol Police Officer Sicknick deliberating when to use spray. “hold on, hold on”… pic.twitter.com/W0Khyspt7X
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 29, 2021
The video has already been played in federal court during hearings for two men charged with assaulting Sicknick, Julian Elie Khater of Pennsylvania, 32, and George Pierre Tanios of West Virginia, 39. Both are charged with assault on a federal officer with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to impede or injure an officer and other related counts. Neither man is charged in Sicknick’s death.
The video was released after several news organizations, including DC-area station WUSA-9, petitioned a federal judge to have the video made public.
WATCH: WUSA9 wins release of video showing assault on Officer Sicknick. This is another view of the attack on the Capitol. It may be difficult for some to watch, but important as we work to contextualize the events of that tragic day. https://t.co/Odj2fKuN0J via @WUSA9
— leslifoster (@leslifoster) April 28, 2021
U.S. prosecutors release video of rioters spraying Officer Brian Sicknick in Jan. 6 Capitol attack https://t.co/piJcpSFmBz
— Post Local (@postlocal) April 29, 2021